Definition of vocalize in English:



  • 1Utter (a sound or word)

    ‘the child vocalizes a number of distinct sounds’
    [no object] ‘a warbler vocalized from a reed bed’
    • ‘At times, she vocalizes sounds, trying in her best way to speak.’
    • ‘As a result of the straining of her vocal cords during her crisis, Fe is left with a speech impediment whereby she cannot vocalize every word in a sentence.’
    • ‘But when I speak, I choose words and vocalize them in time: these differences make every phase of speech unreliable.’
    • ‘She alters the sound of her voice at critical points and vocalizes nonverbal sounds to convey her message.’
    • ‘Frederick could no longer vocalize words, and he could write no better.’
    • ‘Most sound effects men had to be able to vocalise impressions of a wide range of animals.’
    • ‘Every word is sung with such involvement, it sounds like someone is vocalizing the words of their dying father's will.’
    • ‘She thought, pleading desperately, trying to vocalize the words but not knowing if they were actually leaving her mouth or if they were trapped in her head.’
    vocalized, voiced, spoken, said, uttered, expressed, articulated, oral, by mouth
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    1. 1.1Express (something) with words.
      ‘Gillie could scarcely vocalize her responses’
      • ‘Every day, more of us gain access to and take advantage of the empowerment that comes with being able to not just vocalize our ideas, but also to write them down and transmit them.’
      • ‘‘I was lucky to get off the hook, so I don't think stealing will work for me,’ says Matthias, vocalizing his thoughts.’
      • ‘People with a history of involvement in anti-war movements, trade unionists and those of us who are fed up with claims about the ‘liberation’ of the gay community vocalised their opinions.’
      • ‘Max folded his arms across his chest and vocalized his annoyance.’
      • ‘Even when used in a statement so imprecise as the one he had just vocalized, it sounded as though Seth had it all planned out anyway.’
      • ‘She nodded, too embarrassed to vocalize her response.’
      • ‘I will also admonish other team players for vocalizing their opinions.’
      • ‘Here he appears to have been caught off guard by the question, rambling a bit as he seeks to vocalize a responsive answer.’
      • ‘Warrenpoint community needs to vocalise its hopes and expectations and make its voice heard.’
      • ‘It might feel a little odd at first, but vocalizing encouragement will help each of you push your limits in every session.’
      • ‘The mentor relates the sense of fulfillment from working in public service (adding that thanks is rarely vocalized, and is communicated least when the responsibility is greatest).’
      • ‘Bob Dylan's words echo for a new generation vocalising their dissent, questioning the system, in a million ways today.’
      • ‘Later, as young men and women vocalized forceful opposition to the war, their music reflected that protest.’
      • ‘When I had not spoken a word for a while, she vocalized her worries.’
      • ‘Not only did he facilitate discussion with the committee, but he also vocalized his support to the voting schools.’
      • ‘They never vocalized their distaste, but when Aaron worked for hours on end on school projects only to earn a C grade, he knew something was going on.’
      • ‘Maybe they weren't vocalizing it, but James and John were only saying aloud what each of them probably coveted for themselves as well.’
    2. 1.2Music [no object]Sing with several notes to one vowel.
  • 2Phonetics
    Change (a consonant) to a semivowel or vowel.

    • ‘This leaves a good deal of room for scribal error and for different ways of vocalizing the consonants and indeed for regrouping consonants to give quite different words.’
    • ‘The system was a spoken one in the sense that consonants and vowels which are not vocalised have no numerical value.’
  • 3Write (a language such as Hebrew) with vowel points.

    • ‘In the daily priestly blessing, the Tetragrammaton was vocalized with the vowel points associated with the name Adonai.’
    • ‘The Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God - which is too holy to be vocalized today as it is written - represents God's unity and His trait of mercy.’